David Hertel is in the Partner Finder
and is open to climbing with new people. Best times to climb: any
Personal: Lives in Sitka, 26 years old, Male
Favorite Climbs: none specified
Other Interests: most anything outdoors: sea kayaking, packrafting, paragliding, backpacking, skiing, spelunking, unicycling, bike touring, etc. also playing music, mainly mandolin, accordion, banjo
Personal/Favorite web site: none specified
Likes to climb: Trad, Sport, TR climbs
|Trad: ||Leads 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a ||Follows 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Sport: ||Leads 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b ||Follows 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Boulders: || V5 6C |
|Ice: ||Leads WI4 ||Follows WI5|
|Mixed: ||Leads M5 ||Follows M6|
Some one once told me:
"A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top."
"Let us not forget that the fool has golden shoes... To wander unknowingly to ones fate is the grandest adventure known to man. Wether we are enduring the forces of mother nature at her extreme to gain personal enlightenment, or stuck in the bottom of the well, the wise man and the fool are often one and the same. Besides, why did the wise man fall in the well in the first place? Can he really be so wise?"
I guess my reason for climbing is very much the same as why I, or anyone chooses to explore: to capture the imagination of themselves as well as others and open the possibility of establishing a new world within it's vast potential. I believe a place as amazing as the Earth we live on should be shared within our communities so our knowledge can further progress to new levels of understanding. Climbing is often a way of discovering oneself. It uses fluid movements in an upward motion that carries your body beyond the realm of possible. On some climbs, one can focus his/her energy to a degree that they meld into the rock, creating a connection between human and stone that defies the principles of gravity and carries you through the stream line of holds to the summit. At that point, there is no difference between human and rock... they are completely one and the same. This stays true in mountaineering too, and struggling through the forces of mother nature's extreme can spark tremendous enlightenment. Not only by connecting us to the universe surrounding us and the vastness of the perils below, but also within ourselves. Who knows what secrets are waiting to be uncovered?
It is the unknown that inspires us, that captures our imagination and feeds our love of adventure. It is always a comforting feeling to follow in the footsteps of those you admire most, and what better way to do so than to venture into the unknown as those heroes of our past did? Pioneer your own world. I alone cannot discover all the greatness our world keeps, but I can help by showing my fellow man the few secrets I have uncovered in this life.